An encounter broke out between militants and security forces in Shopian’s Laddi area in Jammu and Kashmir on Sunday morning. Also Read - Jammu and Kashmir: Police Inspector Shot Dead by Militants in Anantnag District; Area Cordoned Off

The gunfight started after the security forces received inputs about the presence of militants in Shopian’s Laddi Imamsahab village, following which they launched a search and cordon operation. Also Read - Around 215-250 Terrorists Are Ready to Infiltrate Along Pakistan Border: Indian Army

Militants, believed to be two to three in numbers which are trapped in a house, opened fire, triggering a gunfight which is underway. The counter-terror operation is being jointly carried out by special operations group (SOG) of police, Army’s 44 RR and CRPF troopers. Also Read - Jammu & Kashmir: Two Terrorists Killed in Encounter With Security Forces in Srinagar's Rambagh

The incident comes a day after security forces released a new hit-list of terrorists which includes top top names from Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), Hizbul Mujahideen (HM), Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), Al Badr, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.

On Friday, it was reported that the terrorists have released relatives of policemen who they had abducted from various parts in south Kashmir.

At least eight people, which were abducted on Thursday night, were leased on Friday, according to sources.

However, unconfirmed reports said that the total number of kidnapped kin of policemen was 11.